Hi Y’all! I’m Jenna. I’m so glad you are here!
Grab a cup of coffee and let me introduce myself! Budgets in Bloom is a labor of love! I’m a Financial Coach and Wedding Florist located in Cody, Wyoming and Azle, Texas.
As we get to know each other, I thought I would just begin by sharing my story. It’s a very familiar story to most of us…
In 2006, I graduated from Colorado State with a degree in Project Management. I landed a great job, made great money, had just gotten married and bought a brand new house. Life was just falling into place. Sounds dreamy, right?
Cue the record screeching sound….
The reality was that I had 40k in student loan debt, shiny (financed) appliances, a brand new (financed) vehicle, gorgeous (financed) furniture, and balances on multiple credit cards.
I looked successful on the outside with my postcard-perfect, facebook post-worthy life and my Coach bag (that I’m ashamed to admit, did not come from the outlet).
I think we can all guess where the story goes from here. The economy crashed in 2008 and reality came crashing down around my ears in the form of job loss, divorce, and an unexpected back surgery.
Here we go again. I put myself through college again, this time as a registered nurse, racking up another 35k in student loan debt, and another 16k in credit card debt. I had dug myself such a deep hole, I just couldn’t imagine I would ever get out.
I had been keeping up with the Joneses, I just hadn’t realized it! I was just doing what everyone else was doing. I was living the American Dream, (which, spoiler alert, is a total Nightmare)! I had made a mess that would take me YEARS to clean up.
I was Broke, and if I’m being totally honest, a little broken too. (And if I’m really, really being honest, I was scared and more than a little po’d at myself for getting myself into such a huge mess in the first place).
I said never again! I began a systematic, step by step, financial plan and slowly, but surely, started to dig my way out! Do I sacrifice? You bet! Is it easy? No way. Is it worth it? Absolutely!
When I tell you I get it, it’s because I have been exactly where you are, and I know exactly how it feels to be there! I am passionate about helping women and families take control of their finances, once and for all, to finally get out of debt, start saving, start dreaming and start living intentionally so that you can start living the life you’ve been dreaming about! I don’t want anyone to live scared, stuck and broke!
I am a certified Ramsey Solutions Master Financial Coach. (Yes, Ramsey Solutions as in Dave Ramsey). I am also a Compass Finances Coordinator.
I still practice as a cardiac/electrophysiology nurse, which has just been a total blast through COVID (insert eyeroll and heavy on the sarcasm).
While I am completely analytical, sciency”, type A, I am oddly, also very creative. I own a floral design studio aka Berries & Sage in Cody, Wyoming just outside of the east entrance to Yellowstone National Park.
I create gorgeous wedding flowers for couples saying “I Do” in Cody, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Intimate, rustic mountain weddings and National Park Elopements are my jam! I also do a bit of graphic design and logo design. I am, however, not super techy, so bear with me as I begin this journey of blog posting and web design.
My goal with this Blog is to share financial wisdom, gorgeous wedding inspiration, health and wellness tips, and even throw in some travel and adventure, because, heck, what is life without some amazing adventures! (You might even catch a glimpse of my furry, four legged friends and amazing fella who are my furever fellow adventurers).
Here, there is no shame, and no guilt! We dream, we hope, and we celebrate wins! We plant the seeds to grow the most beautiful lives! There is soooooo much negativity and nastiness in the world these days. I hope this is a place of grace, beauty and kindness! And a place where we can share the messy… judgement free. A place where ALL are welcome!
I meet you wherever you are on your journey. I cant wait to hear about your dreams and help you get there! You don’t have to DIY your finances. Visit the website to book a complimentary discovery call or to schedule a coaching session at Jennadowell.com.
I am also in the process of creating a ton of new content! Stay tuned for resources, amazing books, and awesome websites and inspiration to help you truly live your best, intentional life!
It’s so nice to meet you and I’m so glad you’re here!
PS – The next blog post is already in the works and will be an introduction to all things (gasp) budgeting! Don’t worry, it’s not scary. You might even find you have a lot more money hanging around than you thought you did. We are going to break it down into bite sized chunks, complete with an amazing budgeting workbook to get you started. Spoiler Alert- It’s 100% FREE!!